I Have Upgraded…

Connie made this beautiful Elephant Wall hanging in the fall but I am just

getting to showing you now. I also have a surprise for you at the end of this

post.

Don’t you just love the colors of the elephant? And all those gorgeous Kaffe Fassett fabrics?

Here is what the quilt top looks like when I get it. It feels like a blank canvas to me. This part

of the process is both exciting and scary. Trying to figure out a game plan and waiting to

see how the stitching will bring the piece to life.

Elephant’s trunk

This is my second Elephant that I have quilted. I knew that I wanted to keep the quilting as

realistic as possible.

The outer borders

I was trying to depict dust and swirls around the outside border of the elephant. Connie is a big

fan of Angela Walters, so that was my cue to find motifs that she uses and place them all over

the quilt.

The swirls were used to replicate dust around the charging elephant.

I love the elephant’s feet; I think this is my favorite part of the quilt.

The tusks are stitched using cream So Fine thread and stitched to look as if they are

curvy.

Here is the finished piece. Isn’t it amazing how the quilting brings the elephant to life?

The backing is so cool! I love all the texture the stitching creates. I used different colored threads

on the front to match the colors of the fabrics  that were used to create the elephant.

On the backing, I used the same thread colors as the threads on the front of the wallhanging.

It makes tension issues less of a problem for me. I love his feet; all those wrinkles are so much

fun. Connie liked her elephant so that is all that really matters to me.

This T-shirt quilt was quilted using the Spiral Rings design.

I used a light grey polyester thread for the top.

More cool T-shirts. What a great way to use up all those unused T-shirts.

T-shirt Quilt

The backing shows off the texture so clearly.

 

Here is my surprise! I recently upgrade to the  Gammill Elevate. It can quilt by itself and I can

work on something else while it is working too.

Its only been 2 weeks so I am still learning how to use it. There is a bit of a learning

curve but I am determined to learn how to use it to its full potential.

Lots of ideas swimming around in my head. I am hoping to find some time to play.

Have a great week.

 

A Local Quilt Show and Houston…

Several weeks ago, local Guilds in the area put on their annual Rug, Quilt, and Craft Fair.

Other Guilds which are involved include the Embroidery Guild, the Teddy Bear Makers,

a Tatting Group and more. Please forgive me if I didn’t include your group.Let me

know and I can add it to the above list. There was a lot going on and alot to see.

Of course, I took lots of pictures of the quilts and here is a sample of some of them.

There will be more in the following few weeks so enjoy the  show.

I may comment on some of the pictures but not all, as there are about 30 or so in

this blog post alone. Enjoy!!

Red and White Quilt

Canada 150th Quilt. There seems to be  some of these being finished from last

year. They are quilt stunning when you see red and white quilts up close and personal.

Floral Quilt

I love the colors of this quilt, which really surprises me. I usually love bright, bold

colors but the softness of these colors really speak to me.

Sew Kind of Wonderful sells this curved ruler and you can make so many interesting

shapes with it. I may have to dig it out and make one for myself.

I couldn’t pass up checking out the quilting on this one.

Wholecloth Quilt

This wholecloth quilt is hand quilted!! Wow!

Snail’s TRail

Baby Animals

Because I don’t remember the names of all these quilts, I am making up the names

as I go. I ran through this room taking photos like a crazy person. I have a booth in the

Show and I have to stay there all weekend  so I quickly got some shots for you to see.

Sampler

Snowmen

Jennifer and her daughter made this quilt. Jennifer is also a longarmer in Orilla

and is one talented lady.

You can see how cute this wallhanging really is and I think, it has been colored

with crayons or fabric markers.

A Year of Redwork

I remember the name of this small wallhanging because it is mine. Nothing like a

deadline to get you to complete something. It took me a year to complete  the hand

embroidery. I thought that  bricks would help to unify the piece by showing that all

these windows belong to the same apartment building. To make this Canadian, I added a

Canadian flag in place of the American one.  This pre printed panel is still available at

Fabricland, in the clearance section.

 

Garden Wallhanging

I really like the baskets in the background.

Nancy’s Wallhanging

As I was looking at this photo, I noticed that each square is a different color. Well done,

Nancy. She does beautiful hand work!

This piece reminds me of Elaine Quehl, a Canadian fiber artist. She is known for her

Hosta pieces. Whoever made this one, certainly nailed it as well.

Suzanne made this piece and I like it. She is also a longarmer in the area. She took a

class with Al Cote, another Canadian fiber artist living in Niagara Falls, Ont.If you ever

get the chance to take one of his classes, do so. He is so talented and alot of fun.

A close up of the panel.

Color, color, and more color. I love color and it seems like it is a hot topic

right now when it comes to quilting.

This fabric reminds me of Kaffe Fasett. Whatever fabric that is being used, certainly

gives this giraffe lots of personality.

Again, the colors speak to  me. I love big and bold florals. This piece reminds me

of GEorgia O’Keefe’ work and style.

Birds In Flight

“Postcards From Muskoka ” is the name of this wallhanging. These are really cool and from what

people tell me, not that difficult to create. Once again, a local lady designed this pattern. Lots of

talent in this area of Ontario.

Christie made this Kathy McNeil wallhanging. She won 1st place for the Best

Wallhanging in the Quilt Show, with this piece.

I love all the hand work Christie did as well. Each pinecone is stitched individually.

Cat Tails

And I love the stitching on these cat tails. All those French knots. What fun she must have

had making this one.

I really like the Northern Lights on this piece. What a great way to shake things up a bit?

Connie’s Wallhanging

Connie designed this wallhanging herself. Well done Connie! She love Angela Walters,

so it was easier for me to design the quilting with that in mind.

It was alot of fun working on this piece for Connie. Lots of swirls, ribbons, and straight lines.

There are even several words stitched into the piece as well. It seems like text is becoming

a part of what I am currently quilting.

Hope you enjoyed this Quilt Show.

In the title at the beginning of the post, I mentioned  Houston. Well, this has been on my bucket

list for a while and now I will be able to take if off because:

I AM GOING TO HOUSTON!!!! FOR INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL!!

I know I am shouting but I am so excited. I am still in shock as well. My husband was

very kind and let me use up all of his Aeroplan points.  Hopefully, I will have tons of

pictures for you when I get back. All of this won’t be happening until the first week

of NOvember. Until then, have a  great week. And thanks for stopping by.

Quilt Market- pt 2

Here are the remaining pictures of some of the quilts I completed

for Northcott and Quilt Market.

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Flights of Fancy by Christine Stainbrook of Project House 360

Even though this quilt was pretty small, it was fun to work on.

I SID around all the flying geese, stars and straight lines. Once

that was completed, the fun could begin.

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The stars were outlined on the inside edge 1/4″ and then filled in

with a nice swirl. A variegated thread was used for this quilting so

that it would add some interest to the stars. The flying geese had the

the same thread used on them as well.

In the white sections, I used a white Glide thread (40wt) for the

straight lines.  This quilt felt modern so thus the reason for the

straight lines.

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Back of the quilt. I used a 40 wt white thread for the backing.

Christine Stainbrook of Project House 360 also

designed this quilt “Oasis.”

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It is pretty funky. The first order of business with me is to

complete the SID. Once this boring but oh so important step

is completed, then the fun can begin.

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I quilted in the all the wavy lines in the center panel and then

straight lines were added in the colorful border. I used a variegated

thread for the colorful strips and the flying geeese. In the

black sections, I used a 40 wt black embroidery thread. It is very

thin and works well on these quilts.

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The backing is very neat. I used a black 40 wt thread here as well.

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This little baby is a printed  panel. How cool is that? Even though

it is small, it still sucks up alot of time to complete.

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In the background section, I quilted in swirls and circles-thanks

to Judi Madsen. The flower petals received half circles and the

blue/cream sections-straight lines.

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The circles also received half circles.

Using the same motifs on the quilt helps to unify it.

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The inner cream border was divided up into 2″ squares and then

straight lines and arcs were stitched in.  The border is one of my

favorite parts of this quilt.

The outside border received  double straight lines, kind of like a

frame. The only problem with that, is that the border now buckles

a little due to the fact that all the other sections of the quilt were

heavily quilted and this section was not. I would do this differently

if I could.

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The backing.

This fabric looks really rich. I love it!

I used a light brown 40 Metro thread for the backing.

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Another section of the backing. I used 3-4 different shades of 40 wt

Metro thread. The thread colors were a light cream, medium browny

gold and a tan color. For the aqua blue/greeny border, I used a

Sulky variegated thread.

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Cream and aqua quilt.

I am unsure of who designed this quilt but I absolutely love the

colors in this quilt. The batteries in my camera died the morning I was

taking pictures of this quilt so I only have the before picture of this

one. Sorry guys.

I quilted around every shape in this quilt. In the outside aqua border,

I quilted in straight lines and then filled in every other with the

matchsticks design. It took me 4 hours just to do the outside

border. It did look good when done though.

I quilted in some modern feathers( in the style of Angela Walters)

in the triangle areas around the pinwheels.  In the open spaces,

I added some squares. It helped to fill in some empty space and

it took me less time to do the  background fill. The background

fill consisted of  circles and straight lines.

I used a 40 wt Glide cream thread and a variegated aqua thread for

the outside border. Again, I apologize for the absence of pictures.

Have a great week

 

Quilt Market-Part 2

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Although Quilt Market has been over for almost a month now, I still

have several quilts to show you. I will try to fit the remainder of

the quilts in this post.

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Patti’s Runner

Patti Carey made this runner; she wanted alot of quilting and she really

likes Angela Walter’s style of quilting, so that is the look I went for.

Negative space usually freaks me out but I dove in on this one.

Looking back, I would quilt it differently now but every quilt

teaches you something and builds your confidence level.

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In the blue sections, I quilted 2 different motifs. They are hard to see here

but one consists of tight swirls and the other was teardrops.  I used a blue

40 weight variegated So Fine thread for this section.

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negative space

In the white negative space, another Angela Walter’s design. Large

swirls that are surrounded by teardrops that are echoed.

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Between the white area and the blue runner, I quilted in matchsticks.

I love those things but they do take time to quilt in. And  a little

bit of a zig zag  was added for interest.

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back of the runner

The backing looks so cool too. I love the texture on the back.

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French Braid

This quilt looks so intricate in its piecing but you will be pleasantly

surprised to know that the French Braid seen here is actually made

up of 2 strips of fabric. Each braid is actually 2 strips of fabric, cut

apart and sewn  together with another strip of the same fabric. Isn’t that cool?

It makes a quilt come together even more quickly now and less time

consuming.

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In the French Braids, I SID around all the color sections.

I used a monofilament thread for the ditch work so that I

didn’t have to keep changing thread colors and it almost

disappears in the fabric.

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border area

In the circles, in the outside border, I used a Judi Madsen

design but changed it up a bit. It looks like an orange peel but

more straight lines or modern looking.

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flames?

In the yellow area, in the border, I again followed

Angela Walters and stitched a squiggle on a diagonal. It

almost looks like flames to me.

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backing of the quilt

This is what the backing looks like. Pretty funky and fun

as well.

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Stonehenge

This is a very classy looking quilt. I wasn’t quite sure what to

do with it but feathers came to mind. I wanted to keep the stopping

and starting to a minimum so I decided to carry the feathers around

the blocks  on the diagonal.

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Here is a close up of the inside of each square. I used a brown 40 weight

thread in the blue section. It show up nicely. I quilted 1/4″ inside the

square and then divided into fourths and then stitched the curved lines. There

were 52 of these squares so it took a while to complete.

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Borders are one area that I struggle with but I think that I am improving

somewhat. In  this border, I continued the shape of the circles in the center

of the blocks and quilted in the same design. I think that it works well.

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Tile Quilt

I call this the Tile Quilt, although that is not its real or official name.

But when I looked at this quilt, that is what it reminded me of. So, I tried to

keep the quilting simple so that the piecing would be shown off.

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In the large blocks, I quilted in 2 straight lines to show off the block itself

and in the middle square, I used an old pattern I have called Chantilly Lace by

Norma Sharp. I traced the design onto paper, laid it on the quilt, increased by

stitches per inch and quilted out the design.

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Chantilly Lace Design

In the larger blocks, I used the same design but it was changed up a little.

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Here is the border of this quilt. Chantilly Lace was used again but this time as

a repeat in the border. I did take off the quilt and reload it onto the frame again

when 2 of the border were done. It makes it easier to stitch in than constantly

rolling the quilt.

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backing of the quilt

Here is what the backing looks like. You can see the brown thread showing

through but overall, not  bad at all.

Thanks for bearing with me in this long post. Have a great week.

 

 

 

Tale of a modern quilt

 

Holly's modern quilt

Holly’s modern quilt

Holly made a great Modern Quilt.  She also knew what she

wanted quilted on it so that made my job even easier.  Straight lines

in the light blue areas and Greek Keys in the dark solid blue area.

I uesd  polyester thread in the top and bobbin.

Back of Holly's quilt

Back of Holly’s quilt

The back of  the quilt.  What a great idea, using up leftover blocks

from the top of the quilt for the backing. We also used a black

batting so if any bearding occured, it wouldn’t look so bad.

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The orange color really stands out but fits in with the other

colors as well.

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In the bubble blue ares, straight lines were stitched as well.  I used a

polyester blue thread in both the top and bobbin. The small orange square

was left unquilted due to its small size.

Have a great week. Linking up to Freshly Pieced.  I also dyed some fabric this

week.  Will show you what happened next week.